Many studies have been conducted about the origins of priestly vocations. Time after time, a key factor emerges: invitation. It is the simple verbal invitation of a priest, parent, or parishioner that sparks the idea of priesthood in a young man's mind. As an archdiocese, our goal should be that every young Catholic man is personally invited to consider the possibility of becoming a priest!
The Office of Vocations asks each parish to actively invite young men to the priesthood. This can be done in three primary ways:
1. Invite the men you know to consider priesthood.
Speak openly about the beauty and dignity of the priesthood. Let your sons and grandsons know that you would be proud of them if they considered attending seminary! Not sure how to talk about this possibility? Use this handy guide for advice about how to speak to boys about the priesthood.
2. Encourage attendance at vocation events.
The Office of Vocations offers many events each year, but we need the faithful people of God in our parishes and schools to promote these events. Sign up to receive email alerts about events. We will email every Vocation Committee well in advance of each event, letting you know dates, times, and details. Please partner with us in spreading the word!
Events: Cathedral Prep, Discernment Retreats, Dinner with the Cardinal, Quo Vadis.
3. Promote vocations in the bulletin
Will you work with your parish bulletin editor to ensure that a strong pro-vocations message is in every bulletin, 52 weeks a year? In addition to announcements about vocation events that we'll email to you, here are some additional bulletin blurbs. (Check back for fresh additions every quarter.)